Freight DogsFinally a forum for those midnight prowler types who utilise the unglamorous parts of airports that many of us never get to see. Freight Dogs is for pilots and crew who operate mostly without SLF.
Please could I ask if anyone has any info on smaller UK cargo freight companies or if the market is dominated by the big boys these days.
I've been looking for smaller companies that do UK trips / ireland / scotland / islands etc using small prop aircraft, there is a nice little twin otter that comes into liverpool every now and again but hard to find out who operates it.
Also interested in Ad hoc cargo outfits.
my question is based on I'd like to work for a small company like this one day when I have enough experience but only at cpl IR stage and I'd like to approach some companies to see if I can gain some experience in the work and how they operate until I get more hours and things pick up.
I'm based mcr liverpool but would travel any location. Looking at manchester there seems to be lots of handling companies but only big boys when it comes to aircraft and aoc's
any information very much appreciated on companies or how the cargo market is set up ie if such small companies exist in the UK and even more appreciative of any contacts or links or possible ideas to gain experience of the cargo world
Many Thanks for any time and effort taken to reply.
If you know there are aircraft landing in Liverpool or Manchester whose operators you'd like to speak to, then find the registrations (spotters' websites or blogs) and trace the operators. Really easy to do in 30 minutes as most operators have a website with contact details on.
Bear in mind that many ad-hoc cargo aircraft flying around Europe are not based in the country where many flights operate from/to. Some chase the work and don't bring the a/c and crews back to base for some time.
Not sure if you are aware of it but there is a spotterssite that is usually good for info, www.nwan.co.uk
Not saying all movements are accurate and 100% gospel of what happens at the airport, but the monthly newsletter is informative and does breakdown into various categories. It may help, if not, you may gain some useful contacts for going forward.